Cardiovascular specialist VS Cardiologist - Is there a difference?


When it comes to matters of heart-health, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Therefore the practice of heart care has never been more important and there are now more opportunities than ever for further improvements in cardiovascular health.

For instance, cardiology offers many opportunities and covers a range of career paths and sub-specialities. However, being a cardiologist doesn’t fit all situations when it comes to various heart issues and scenarios. For example, cardiovascular disease prevention is a subspecialty to help patients manage heart disease risk factors before they get worse. It’s a form of preventive cardiovascular medicine that can make a big impact on people's lives. Whereas in interventional cardiology, you’re expected to deliver first-class emergency treatment in life-and-death situations while being comfortable meeting the changing demands of new and upcoming therapies.

Working as a cardiologist or in preventative cardiovascular medicine are both extremely important and rewarding roles. But it can be challenging to determine which field to study and which role would suit you. In this blog, we break down the benefits and differences between studying cardiology and preventative cardiovascular medicine, to help you in your decision-making process.

Reasons why cardiovascular prevention is important and why you should study cardiovascular medicine:

Given the array of dedicated skills necessary to manage cardiovascular issues, the speciality of preventive cardiology is prevalent. Preventing and managing CVD and its risk factors can improve population health, reduce health inequalities and ease pressures on overstretched health and care systems by reducing demand for services. Therefore, the importance of preventative cardiovascular medicine is undeniable.

At Learna | Diploma MSc, we make it our mission to ensure the next generation and current healthcare professionals are better educated and supported to continuously learn and update their knowledge. In our Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine modules, we investigate in detail the likely causes and effects of cardiovascular disease as well as the various complications and treatments. Additionally, undertaking our flexible, affordable cardiovascular medicine degree will give you the opportunity to gain a range of invaluable skills, approaches, new perspectives and ways of thinking.

What are the benefits of being a cardiologist? Why study cardiology?

What many people will find appealing about a career in cardiology is the responsibility and demands that come with it and the potential to make a profound impact. Being able to diagnose and treat people, as well as advising on prevention, can really make a huge difference in the quality of people's lives. This will allow you to seek amazing opportunities such as specialising in helping children or working with a diverse range of clients.

If you wish to take your first step towards a successful career in this field - then our cardiology degree is the course for you.

Our established Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology aims to increase your competency of practice and theoretical knowledge, enabling you to rise to the challenges of delivering high-quality care to your patients within a complex primary or secondary care environment. Our courses in cardiology will equip you with the ability to implement best practices and innovation in complex cardiology scenarios. Plus, you will come away with the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of heart-related care.

Why choose Learna?

In a world and in a field where time is most valued, we can help you balance both your learning and professional duties. We have been developing our innovative learning platform for over 10 years with no lectures, seminars, or set times for study. Our courses provide active learning opportunities through scenario-based discussion forums and self-reflection focusing on solutions. This encourages students to learn from one another and explore complex tasks that they otherwise wouldn't have done, enhancing both their individual and collective learning.

Our deeply engaging, discussion-led courses mean you can interact and network with like-minded multidisciplinary colleagues from all over the world, giving you fresh perspectives and new experiences that a traditional classroom simply could not.

It is also our mission to break down the financial barriers that can come with postgraduate qualifications and offer some of the most affordable prices on the market. With no international surcharge and interest-free payment plans, we are making education accessible to everyone.

Nothing is more exciting than taking the next step in your professional career, and applications to join our Cardiology or Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine programmes in September 2023 are open!

Take the next step in your learning journey and complete your application today.

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